July 20, 2016 Subject:
I saw different version
I recall going down to a major hotel in D.C. to see a demonstration of the 'CBS - Columbia' color television system. This was 'pre-adoption' by the FCC, so it must have been before 11 Oct 1950 [the adoption date]. The version i saw was in color (naturally). It aired in the early evening - around 5 to 6 pm as i recall. While it was getting dark in D.C., it was much brighter in the show - leading me to think it must have been considerably west of D.C., if it was being done live This [B&W] version was originally 'shot' on a 'kinescope' recording (film) i believe. It was then recorded onto an early tape video recorder. Probably an early Ampex recorder, such as a VRX-1000, which was introduced in 1956. The horizontal sync instability you see is typical of these machines. Also the "Video Calibratrion" message. RCA had a version of the Ampex machine, they were both priced at about $50,000. They had pretty poor video quality - which is the reason the quality of this copy is so bad. I'm sure the kinescope quality was much better. I can recall that the color was absolutely perfect on the CBS televisions - top to bottom and edge to edge. This is quite different from the early RCA tellies, which typically had good color only in the center of the screen - with bad color in the outer 2 to 3 inches near the edge of the screen. I used to sell them when i later worked in a TV store in the early 1960s. I was embarrassed to try to convince our customers to buy, seeing how bad the color actually was. I had been to the RCA factory school on how to 'converge' (set up) the color adjustments - frankly, try as i might - i could NOT get them any better!! Interesting historical clip. I would LOVE to see a copy of the color "Action in the Afternoon" shows from the TV demo days (pre 11 Oct, 1950). Cheers.
People standing around in cowboy hats. Some singing. Some fighting. People stammering to remember their lines or more likely trying to make up lines without a script. And some music that sounds like Charles Ives.
July 21, 2011 Subject:
Content Is Good, Copy Is Terrible!
I gave this 3 stars for the content. I would have given it 5 stars, but it is in such terrible shape.
The video and audio is terrible. I downloaded it just to have it in my library. There is no way to enjoy it, because the copy is that bad. But thanks anyway to whoever uploaded it!
April 4, 2011 Subject:
I must have a one-track mind. I thought, with the show's title, that it must be a show about cheating housewives. It turns out that it's a western filmed in Yo-Town.
April 3, 2011 Subject:
Filmed in Pennsylvania !!
For many years CBS had owned WCAU-TV channel 10 in Philadelphia and this was a program that was filmed at that station. For the record in the mid 1990's WCAU would lose CBS in favor of NBC during the New World/Fox and McGraw Hill/Scripps Howard-ABC deal which led to many stations switching networks. Some cities Like Baltimore and Denver all of their big 3 stations had switched to other channels.
However going back to this, a western filmed in Philly? Laughable now but it can and WAS done.